Events

Talks and events
1. Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking 
Learn all about Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking, her life in service and how to bake delicious cakes, biscuits, puddings, jams and chutneys. 
2. The History of Afternoon Tea 
Explore the origins and the characters involved in creating this quintessential British tradition and what makes the perfect afternoon tea. Another chance to taste Grandma Abson's scrumptious cakes!
3. Baking in World Wars 1 and 2 
Discover how baking was affected by rationing, food shortages and campaigns to promote nutritional meals. Taste some of the recipes which Grandma Abson would have baked during these times.  
4.Georgian and Regency era Baking
See how baking during Georgian and Regency times has influenced traditional baking as we know it today. Taste some of the recipes from cooks in those times. 
5. Christmas baking traditions
 Find out how to make simple homemade Christmas traditional delights from Grandma Abson’s recipes and test your knowledge about Christmas traditions! 

taking bookings for talks and events in 2017 and 2018
Contact : grandmaabson@gmail.com

Previous Events
2017
July
23 Jul Cusworth Doncaster Home Front weekend
WW1 baking for the Home Front proved to be a very popular attraction with Trench Cake, Imperial Biscuits, Rock Buns, Coconut Haystacks and Parkin to sample in the Great Kitchen. Over 800 visitors passed through to taste baking from the past. 

20 Jul Chesterfield Townswomen
A rainy morning drive to the town with the famous crooked spire but spirits were lifted when Meryl brought out Grandma’s traditional cakes and biscuits to accompany her talk. 

13 Jul Scawsby Independent Women
Irene writes : Just a note to say thank you so much for the very interesting talk which you gave to the ladies of Scawsby Independent Women. They really enjoyed it and your cakes too! I wish you continued success with your talks and your baking! 

11 Jul Thorne Local History

Members of the group had lots of questions about the History of Afternoon tea, especially the etiquette of drinking tea! They enjoyed sampling cakes from the Edwardian era when Grandma was in service.
June 17
21 Jun Bawtry WI
Roberta writes : Dear Meryl Thank you very much for coming to speak to our WI members and for bringing the delicious cakes to sample. It was very interesting to hear of both your Grandma and your own personal baking histories. I look forward to making some of the traditional recipes! 
17 Jun Georgian Baking Mansion House Doncaster
Meryl extended her knowledge of Georgian and Regency baking to take part in the 300 th anniversary of the birth of James Paine at the Mansion House in Doncaster. 
 
15 Jun World of churches Barnby Dun
Meryl enjoyed talking to the group about the History of Afternoon tea and took along samples of Grandma’s afternoon tea delights from Grandma’s recipe collection.
 
13 Jun Kilnhurst St Thomas Café Encounter
Meryl was delighted to take part in one of the events during the week long Café Encounter festival. The group worked very hard to make the activities a great success. Grandma’s cakes were perfect alongside the strawberries and cream!
 
8 June Thurnscoe Local History Group
Meryl’s talk about Grandma Abson stirred up many memories of life in Bolton on Dearne with members of the group. One member remembered the anti aircraft guns near the railway station!

 
May 17
18 May NHS Retirement gp
Meryl enjoyed talking about Grandma's homemade cakes and the samples went down a treat on a lovely afternoon with this jolly group of retired nurses.
10 May Bents Green WI
Meryl enjoyed meeting members of this new and popular WI group. They gave her great feedback and a couple of recipes to try out for Grandma’s blog. Watch this space for new posts! And good luck to the group – they have lots of ideas (and cakes) so are on the road to success!
10 May Wheatley Hills Seniors
A great response from the group members who had lots to say about members of their own families who had been in service in the early 20th century. They enjoyed Grandma’s Orange and Butterscotch Cake – well they were Doncastrians so know all about Butterscotch!
 8 May Darton Darby & Joan Club
Meryl had a lovely afternoon with this young at heart group. 10 plates of cakes and biscuits proved the perfect accompaniment to talking about Grandma’s baking! 
4 May Doncaster Heritage Festival
Great feedback from the Doncaster Heritage Festival Afternoon Tea event at Taste Eatery and a sumptuous afternoon tea experience!
April 17
30 Apr May Day at Cusworth Hall

Lemon Syllabub from Mrs Beeton’s everyday Cookery to tie into the ‘Month of 3 milkings’ when the cattle were milked three times a day was a great hit with the visitors. Meryl served up some other seasonal May recipes, Lemon Loaf, Lavender Shortbread and Yorkshire Moggy cake.
13 Apr Carlton in Lindrick WI
Meryl had a fantastic WI welcome and once they’d heard all about the History of Afternoon Tea, they couldn’t wait to try out their knowledge and expertise on Grandma’s cakes – especially the Easter Cake!
1 Apr Wakefield Library
Meryl enjoyed the visit to meet the Nom Nom Cookery group again to tell them all about Afternoon Tea. No April fools here - they adored all the baking but especially Orange Cake and Dream Cake.  
March
14 March Upton WI
Meryl talked to the group about Afternoon tea in preparation for their visit to Leeds College for an afternoon tea experience. The group had lots of ideas about afternoon tea including entertaining at home- I'm sure they'll have a brilliant time now they know all the rules!
13 Mar Doncaster Retired Teachers

Meryl had to watch her step with this group of teachers but all went very well and she had a warmhearted welcome, especially when she unveiled Grandma's baking. 
February
8 Feb Barnby Dun WI
Meryl paid a return visit to the group to give them all the info about Afternoon Tea and another chance to taste Grandma’s popular cakes too!
2 Feb Stannington Ladies
Meryl enjoyed talking to this lively group including hearing about one member's Grandma who was given a duster as a Christmas gift when she was in service. Maybe not a first thought for a secret Santa prezzie! Great comments about the cakes. 
January 
26 Jan Barnsley Oddfellows
The Boatman’s Rest in Worsborough provide a welcoming venue to meet the group and share Grandma’s baking story. Chocolate Cake proved a tempting treat to celebrate #nationalchocolatecakeday too!
10 Jan Wadsley WI
What a wonderful array of cake stands for Meryl to judge in the competition. She loved them all – and a great crowd of members who enjoyed Grandma’s cakes too.
2016
December 2016
13 Dec Wheatley Hills Senior Cits 
Meryl paid a 3rd visit to this friendly group to talk about Christmas baking traditions. They were very interested to hear about the origins of Plum Pudding.
7 Dec Balby WI
It was a very festive venue when Meryl came to talk to this group – and their last meeting of the year. Meryl had to choose a festive bun or cake from the members’ competition entries. It's always a tough one!
November
30 Nov Hasland Ladies Chesterfield
Meryl had a warm welcome from this group who especially enjoyed Grandma’s Boxing Day Cake with dates and honey.
30 Nov Doncaster Partially Sighted gp
Meryl spent a brilliant afternoon with this group. It was a privilege to talk to this group describing the pictures for them. There was also a big birthday celebration with a beautiful Lemon cake as well as lots of Grandma’s baking.
28 Nov Doncaster Oddfellows
Meryl talked about her Grandma’s baking to this group. They had lots of interesting stories about relatives who had been in service. And of course they loved Grandma’s Christmas baking treats.
 27 Nov Cusworth A Country House Christmas
Meryl baked an abundance of Christmas treats for visitors to taste from the Victorian era of baking in the house.
 22 Nov Warmsworth Ladies Circle
Christmas cheer was the order of the evening. It was Meryl’s 3rd visit so she knew what to expect! The group found out all about Christmas baking traditions this time – and of course still loved sampling Grandma’s cakes!
 

17 Nov Seven Hills WI
Meryl had a large friendly audience as this group has over 70 members. The word 'cake' was mentioned 34 times before Meryl started her talk so she knew she was on safe ground!
October 16
24 Oct Anston WI
Meryl was delighted to talk to the group about Afternoon Tea. She met some old friends who remembered her from the 1970s.
20 Oct Finningley WI
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group about Afternoon Tea. One member talked about her experiences of afternoon tea in New Zealand in the 1960s which apparently was done in great style.
18 Oct Rossington WI
Meryl had a lovely time with this friendly group talking about Afternoon Tea. She met Carol who had been to Tea at Reids in Madeira – what an experience! 
13 Oct Haxey & Westwoodside Heritage Society
Meryl was invited back yet again – this time the theme was baking in world war two. Members tried out some of the recipes Meryl had recreated some that era including Beetroot Cake and Vinegar Cake. There was much fun remembering what people got up to with the rationing.
10 Oct St Mary’s Worsborough
Meryl had a warm welcome back in Worsborough to talk about the History of Afternoon Tea. Some members had taken tea at the Ritz and couldn’t wait to go back to stir their tea properly. Any excuse…!
6 Oct Ollerton WI
This was a very popular WI group with a huge membership doing lots of interesting activities including a darts team! They still found time to enjoy Grandma’s cakes and appreciate traditional baking.
4 Oct Bents Green Friendship Group
Meryl was in good company with this group who mentioned cake 3 times before she started the talk about Grandma’s traditional recipes. Meryl is already making good use of the fallen apples she bought there for Chutney and Apple pies. #wastenotwantnot!
3 Oct St Lawrence Church
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group who were very active in the local community of Adwick. She met a member who had been in service with the Earl of Chesterfield up to 1939 with lots of stories to tell. They loved Grandma’s cakes and recipe book. 
September 16
8 Sept Wentworth WI
Meryl heard some interesting anecdotes about members’ relatives who were in service just like Grandma. There was a competition to judge which was so difficult that Meryl had to give several equal winning places. Meryl baked Grandma's Overnight Cake with Speculaas spice which the members loved.
1 Sept Warmsworth WI
Meryl paid a return visit to the group to talk about Afternoon tea – some familiar faces too. Sales of Grandma’s book went well too – with members stocking up with a signed copy for a unique prezzie!
August 16
25 Aug Beckingham Local History gp
Meryl gave her Afternoon tea talk to the group at the restored Willow Works at Beckingham near the local marshes, where a major project is underway to re-establish the wetland grazing habitat. Another interesting venue to put on the list of places to visit. again!
17 Aug Wellow Ladies gp
Meryl loved the glorious summer village green setting in Wellow with its striking Maypole when she arrived to do her talk about Afternoon Tea. Definitely worth a visit.
8 Aug Edenthorpe Gardening gp
The Gardeners of Edenthorpe enjoyed their tea and cakes to accompany Meryl’s talk about Afternoon Tea.
2 Aug Cusworth Hall
Pirates and princesses soon got stuck into Pirate Ship Sandwiches, Cinnamon Princess shoes and crowns biscuits and Princess Lemon buns at the fabulous all day event. The Great kitchen had never seen so many scary pirates and beautiful princesses! 
July 16
25 Jul NHS Retirement gp
Meryl made a favourite Victoria Sandwich for an Afternoon tea treat. There were Coconut Macaroons and Lavender shortbread from Grandma’s popular baking book.
21 Jul Edenthorpe WI
Visitors came from far and wide to this group to hear Grandma’s story including from Australia - and a precious copy of Grandma's book was part of the luggage for the return journey!
20 Brodsworth & District CW
Meryl enjoyed talking to this lovely group about the challenges of baking on those tricky Yorkshire Ranges – and how not to burn your biscuits!
19 Jul Thorne CWA
Members of this group were intrigued to discover that one of Grandma’s sisters had lived in the Thorne area for many years. They enjoyed a variety of cakes and biscuits from Grandma’s recipe collection. 
18 Jul Cantley Community gp
Meryl had a lovely morning Afternoon Tea with this group before they went off on their summer break. Coffee Cake proved a popular choice.
13 Jul Darfield Wesley Ladies
Meryl paid a return visit to tell the group all about Afternoon tea. They were a very knowledgeable lot since they knew most of the answers. They must have been swotting up before the session. Still time to enjoy an old fashioned Victoria Sandwich in style.
 
7 Jul Auckley WI
Meryl judged a plate competition – and found it so hard to do as she loved all the beautiful tea plates – perfect for Grandma’s Orange which the members sampled after the talk –they all said it was a lovely cake.
5 Jul Wilthorpe Community Group
Meryl enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon with the Afternoon Group in Wilthorpe talking about Grandma’s baking and sharing her cakes. Liz wrote Liz writes : Dear Meryl Once again thankyou for visiting our Afternoon club. We all thoroughly enjoyed your talk, (and your delicious baking). I personally bought your Grandma's recipe book and will testing out quite a few cakes. We could see were you proud of your Grandma, and rightly so, she led an ordinary life, and made the best she could ( of the times); this came across when you were re-living her past to us.
June 16
18 Jun Doncaster Libraries Turn the Page Festival
Meryl had a brilliant time appearing at the Turn the Page Festival at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery  http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/literary-festival
15 Jun Rotherham Distaff Group
Meryl spent a lovely evening in the company of the Distaff group. They said they really enjoyed the talk and loved the Orange Cake at the end of the evening.
7 Jun Aston Ladies Circle
Meryl had a lot of fun with the Ladies Circle who were quick to learn the rules and regulations of Afternoon tea!
 6 Jun Gleadless Methodists
Meryl paid a lovely sunny afternoon visit to this group who  loved to hear Grandma’s secret to long life – homemade baking!
4-5 Lincolnshire County Flower Show
Meryl enjoyed talking to visitors about how Grandma taught her to bake scrumptious cakes, biscuits, jams and lots more – and what makes the perfect Afternoon tea – just like Grandma used to serve up.
May 16
25 May Edlington Library
Edlington Library provided a modern venue for the History of Afternoon Tea. Lots of tea to accompany the cakes and scones! What a treat!
19 May Kiveton Park Local History gp
Meryl paid a return visit to Kiveton to the Local History gp. They are keen on cake so #Devil’s FoodCake day was a great excuse for Chocolate Cake for the Afternoon Tea talk.
13 May Thurcroft Friday Club
Meryl had a lovely Friday afternoon at the Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall. What a lovely group who had plenty to say about their own experiences of baking.  
10 May Carlton Snaithe WI
Meryl passed on the rules and regulations about Afternoon Tea which they said they would try out- well some of the rules! Great feedback on the cakes.
9 May Doncaster Breast Cancer Support gp
Meryl enjoyed meeting members of this group. They had plenty of anecdotes about their relatives’ time in service and kept us all enthralled. They loved the cakes!
8 May Cusworth Hall
Meryl was once again resident cook at the Servants at the Hall event in the Great Kitchen. Visitors loved as taste of Edwardian Afternoon tea with the cucumber and egg and cress sandwiches, not to mention the dainty cakes and scones.
4 May Arksey WI
This has to be the most exquisite venue to date for The History of Afternoon Tea. The fabulous Village Tea Pot in Arksey. A lovely crowd too who certainly enjoy the glories of cake!
3 May Conisborough & Denaby Community gp
This group had lots of stories to tell about their family members who had been in service – and I met a school class mate from the past. 
April 16
15 April Carcroft Local History Group
Meryl had a brilliant Friday afternoon with this group including meeting the person who had installed the Yorkshire range in its new position in the Great Kitchen at Cusworth Hall.
6 Apr Norton Lees WI
Meryl enjoyed visiting this chatty group who get up to all sorts of craft activities. Their interesting teatowel competition provided the resources to wash up after enjoying Grandma’s tea and cakes.
5 Apr Armthorpe WI
A return visit to this group to toast the Queen’s 90th birthday and tell them all about the story of Afternoon tea. Sandra writes :
'Hi Meryl  Just a note to thank you very much for your excellent presentation at our WI on Tuesday.The ladies loved it and especially your delicious samples of cakes and biscuits - they went down very well indeed. I think we all learned something and a bit of history into the bargain is always good news.'
5 Apr Dronfield Townwomen’s morning gp
It was a bright and early start to arrive on time for this group who meet in the morning. Meryl met a member of the group whose Grandma had been in service in Barnard Castle. The cakes went down well with morning coffee! 
March 16
22 Mar Mattersey Villages Together gp
Gaynor writes : Hello Meryl   I would just like to thank you again for coming to give your talk in Mattersey. We enjoyed it thoroughly and I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes!
21 Mar Loversall WI
Meryl enjoyed the visit to The Hut – an amazing building where Loversall WI hold their meetings. Meryl judged the traditional kitchen utensils competition  and all so interesting reminders of past treasures.

21 Mar Wheatley Local History Gp
Audrey writes : Dear Meryl  Thank you for a very interesting talk you gave this morning and  also for the lovely cakes. Regards Audrey
17 Mar Cudworth Ladies Circle
The Cudworth Ladies loved tasting all Grandma’s cakes. Barely a crumb left over by the end of the evening!
9 Mar Barnby Dun WI
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group about her Grandma’s baking. They shared their stories from their own relatives about being in service just like Grandma and her sisters. 
9 Mar  Cantley Methodists
Meryl paid a return visit to this group to talk about Afternoon Tea. They loved Meryl’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party hat and of course the cakes from Grandma’s book
8 Mar Dunsville WI
Meryl enjoyed presenting the story of Afternoon tea to this group. They had organised a china tea cup competition which was impossible to judge as they were all so beautiful.
5 March Nom Nom Cookery Book Club Wakefield Library
Meryl was very privileged to be invited to the first Library Cookery Book Club in the country. The group had been studying Grandma’s story and were delighted to sample Grandma’s baking on the day. The Museum Service also brought along cookery utensils similar to the ones which Grandma would have used in service.
 
February 16
Grandma duties. Welcome to my adorable new Grandson! 

January 16
21 Jan Tickhill Library
Library enthusiasts discovered a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon refining their skills and knowledge of the tradition we love of Afternoon tea. Huge thanks to Lesley and colleagues for making it such a splendid event.
6 Jan Roche Valley CWA Firbeck
Meryl enjoyed some interesting anecdotes from the group members about times in service. There was plenty of cake – Grandma’s Family Fruit Loaf and Coconut Macaroons were particular  favourites.
5 Jan Hatfield Woodhouse Gardening Club
Meryl took along the new batch of Marmalade in the form of Marmalade Spice Cake – and topped it with clementines for a healthy start to the New Year. The group enjoyed hearing how Grandma made good use of gluts of fruit and vegetables.
2015
December 15
11 Dec Goldthorpe Market
Meryl was delighted to support Heather at this event. Heather was inspired by the event at Cusworth Hall and designed her stall with Christmas 1915 baking as the soldiers would have received them. Heather wrote : “If it is your aim to get people baking, you have achieved that with me, as this was quite a challenge I set myself, after the inspiration I got from your demonstration in Cusworth.  I don’t see myself as ‘not a baker’ now.” Congratulations to Heather and all the Goldthorpe Development Trust for organising such a brilliant event.

7 Dec Darfield Ladies 
Meryl celebrated the festive season with the ladies in Darfield. They loved reminiscing about Grandma’s baking and were very tempted by the cakes!

3 Dec Oddfellows Worksop
Meryl enjoyed the visit to talk to the group in Nottinghamshire and spent some time finding out about the origins of  treacle and golden syrup from a member who lived in South Africa. Members loved the Marmalade Spice Cake and other Christmas baking to start the season. 

November 15
29 Nov Christmas 1915 Cusworth Hall 
Meryl showed how the kitchen staff made pickles, chutneys and mincemeat  for the Christmas season in 1915. We were also celebrating one hundred years of the WI founded in 1915. There were some tasty Christmas treats too! 
26 Nov Christmas Gifts Floral Media 
Meryl showed how to get ready for the festive season and make traditional treats as gifts. Meryl enjoyed chatting about her Grandma's recipes for the Christmas season and there was a lot of tasting throughout the morning!
4 Nov Sprotbrough Wives
A morning phone call sent Meryl as a last minute replacement for the group’s speaker. Grandma’s Victoria Sandwich and Yorkshire Parkin proved to be a major success!
October 15
28 Oct Doncaster Local History Society
June writes an ecard : Hello Meryl On behalf of our Chairman and all who attended your talk last night at the College for the Deaf, I would like to say a big thank you. I know that your talk was enjoyed by all, including the men – could have been to do with your lovely samples of cake.... I am going to see what I can bake from your book and send to our granddaughter. Once again many thanks.
27 Oct Soroptomists Doncaster Club
Meryl was treated to a scrumptious meal before talking to the group about Grandma’s baking. They found room to sample some of Grandma’s cakes and said they were all enthralled by it all!
21 Oct Sutton Cum Lound WI
Meryl was given a warm welcome to this group in a lovely venue. Members mentioned about all sorts of unusual cakes including Thor Cake and Jordan Cake. I’ll be looking out for the recipes!

20 Oct Harthill WI
Meryl was delighted to celebrate the birthday of a member who was 91 years young! And she knew all the answers about the characters in the Afternoon Tea story. Her mother had worked at the Lyons Café in London too!
19 Oct Chesterfield U3A
Meryl had lots of questions about Grandma’s baking from this knowledgeable group who meet in the town with the crooked spire. 
15 Oct Belles of St Henry’s WI
The Belles venue was certainly a very interesting place to find in the Derwent Valley. Meryl loved the photo  they put on their Facebook Belles of St Henry's page with this message:  Big THANK YOU to Meryl from Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking for her inspiring talk last night. A brilliant insight to working in service, baking in times of rationing and more importantly passing beautiful recipes down the family line. 
15 Oct Bawtry Ladies Luncheon Club
Meryl was invited to a very pleasant lunch with Banana & Nut dessert – just like Grandma’s Banana Nut Loaf - perfect. Everyone enjoyed the talk and managed to find room for a piece of cake too!
13 Oct Wheatley Hills Senior Citizens
Meryl went back to this afternoon group to talk about the History of Afternoon tea. They have lots of interesting activities and were planning a trip to Doncaster’s famous Mansion House to sample ‘Afternoon tea’. They know all the rules now!
12 Oct Thorpe March Ladies
Another visit to this group who love meeting and having fun. Meryl baked Grandma’s Orange cake in a ring tin this time. They said it could be one of their 5-a –day! Julie wrote a lovely card too.
12 Oct Swallownest Ladies
Meryl had a lovely time with this afternoon group. We sang ‘Happy  birthday’ to a member who was 90 years young! She said that Grandma’s cake was just perfect for the celebration!
6 Oct Caunton WI
Meryl had a fantastic time at Floral Media. The group wrote on the Caunton WI Facebook page   ‘Thankyou Meryl for an insight into traditional recipes created by your Grandma. It s lovely to see you still using her recipes and spreading her legacy today!’
5 Oct Herringthorpe Monday Club
Meryl inspired the group to do more baking – well, that’s what they said when they bought Grandma’s book! 
September 15
30 Sept Swinton House Group
Meryl enjoyed going to this informal group who meet once a month but later in the evening than many groups. Meryl called them the ‘Night Owls’ –  and they still ate all the Coffee cake!

3 Sept Whiston WI
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group about her Grandma’s baking. They were intrigued by the stories of being ‘in service’ and had lots of stories from their own relatives to share. 
3 Sept Warmsworth WI

Meryl had a lovely time with this group, talking about Grandma’s life and her baking. They  enjoyed the cakes and were keen to hear all about the legacy of Grandma’s baking. They’ve booked again for ‘The History of Afternoon Tea’ at the same time next year (for more cake!) 
August 15
19 Aug Armthorpe Library The History of Afternoon tea
Meryl had a wonderful afternoon with visitors to Armthorpe Library. The volunteers had put on a marvellous spread. You can read about the feedback on the Reviews page.
4 Aug Thorne WI The History of Afternoon tea
This group was having fun planning for their entries at the Epworth Show later in the summer. They said Grandma’s cakes were an inspiration! Good luck with the baking!
July 15
20 Jul Clifton Park and Museum Friends
Meryl's return visit to the Clifton Park and Museum Friends was to tell them the story of Afternoon tea. The group knew all about Boston Castle in Rotherham and were holding an Afternoon tea event there later that month. 
17 & 18 Jul WW1 Life on the Home Front at Cusworth Hall and Gardens Doncaster
Meryl had fantastic support from Lucy, Emma and Martin over the 2 days she spent baking recipes from the World World 1 era as part of Doncaster 1914-18 project. The recipes were based on letters sent home from soldiers at the front about what they liked best.

16 Jul Kiveton Park & Wales Local History Group
This group had much to say about their own family members who had been in service - some had travelled long distances on foot to start work. 
15 Jul Emmanuel Church Barnsley
There was't a crumb left when Meryl served out Grandma's tasty cakes. One member said she had a recipe for 'courting cake' which sounds intriguing!
14 Jul Harlington & Barnburgh Mothers Union
Meryl really enjoyed meeting members of this group, some of whom remembered Grandma's sister, Edith and her son, Cedric and daughter in law, Louisa who lived in the village. One member actually lived next door!

1 Jul Chapeltown Ladies
This group enjoyed Grandma's cakes and her story on this lovely summer's evening.
June 15
30 Jun Warmsworth Ladies
Meryl paid a repeat visit to this group to talk about ‘the History of Afternoon tea’ just one month after her first visit. They couldn’t wait to sample another set of Grandma’s cakes! They are a fabulous group with a great sense of humour!
25 Jun Treeton Local History Group
Meryl was intrigued to hear the story of Boston Castle, Rotherham which was built by the Earl of Effingham in 1775 and has links to the Boston Tea Party.  The Earl strongly supported the American colonists in their stance against the British Government.

3 Jun Aston Friends & Neighbours
Meryl had a very warm welcome to this afternoon group.They said they found it most entertaining and informative, as well as enjoying Grandma’s homemade cakes. 
May 15
27 May Misson & Springs WI
Meryl told this group that they showed her the best way to relax - with a glass of wine and a slice of cake! And in return they said how much they enjoyed learning all about Grandma's baking! 
20 May Doncaster Unison
This audience at the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery shared lots of interesting details about their own relatives who had been ‘in service’. Grandma’s cakes went down well with just a few pieces for the kind museum staff who helped Meryl set up.
19 May Tankersley Ladies Group
Meryl had a great welcome from the ladies who invited her to lunch– a delicious pork, apple and stuffing sandwich which went down well with Grandma’s cakes.
13 Moss & District Ladies
Meryl was the first speaker in the new Community Hall in Moss. It’s a wonderful building and will be a great asset for the community.  
11 May Hatfield Local History Society
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group on a lovely sunny afternoon. They were holding a spring fair a few days later and said hearing about Grandma’s baking inspired them to get baking!
5 May Warmsworth Ladies Group
Meryl had a lovely card from Margot who said it had been a delightful evening. She also said she was looking forward to wowing her family with a whole new variety of cakes!
April 15
8 April Woodsetts WI
Meryl had a lovely vote of thanks from Iris. She was first in line to buy Grandma’s book. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and biscuits too!
March 15
23 Mar Gawber Ladies
Meryl enjoyed a return visit to this group to talk about the History of Afternoon tea. The ladies all enjoyed the cakes again too and sent a lovely card for my birthday!
16 Mar Aston Ladies
Meryl brightened up a rainy afternoon with Grandma’s Orange Cake. It’s always a favourite!

12 Mar Haxey & Westwoodside Local History
Meryl paid a repeat visit to this group to talk about the History of Afternoon tea – and they said it was so interesting – they just had to sample all the cakes!
9 Mar Gleadless Ladies
Meryl told this group all about all the elements of Afternoon Tea, including the correct way to stir your tea!
2 Mar Stocksbridge and Deepcar TWG
It was snowing outside but the Afternoon Tea and Ginger Cake warmed everyone up. What a lot of activities this group does to support their local community! Keep on with it all! 
February 15
17 Feb Furlong Road
What a thrill for Meryl to go back to Furlong Road, her Grandma’s church and talk to the group about Afternoon Tea. We all had a great chat afterwards, remembering Grandma and of course tasting her scrumptious cakes!

12 Feb Tickhill Countrywomen
Meryl was on her 2nd visit to this very large and popular group. This time the topic was the History of Afternoon tea – followed by a chance to sample some of Grandma’s Afternoon tea time treats.
11 Feb Badsworth WI
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group about her Grandma’s baking. They were intrigued by the stories of being ‘in service’ and had lots of anecdotes of their own to share. 
10 Feb Braithwell Countrywomen
Meryl judged the group’s competition which was about old Cookery books. They were all amazing so it was so hard to choose. They all deserved a prize! What a collection!

9 Feb Thorpe Marsh Ladies
Meryl had a fantastic reception from this jolly group. They loved her talk (and cakes!) so much asked her to go back again in October.

5 Feb Stainforth Local History
Meryl met a member of this group who had relatives who knew all about Grandma and her baking, including Cynthia who used to work on Bolton on Dearne railway station! It certainly made the phrase ‘small world’ come true!

4 Feb Hallam Ridgeway WI
It was cold and icy outside but Meryl had a heartwarming welcome to this group who enjoyed hearing all about the History of Afternoon Tea. One member brought along her copy of ‘Tea at Reids’ from Madeira which is a very interesting read.

4 Feb Dronfield Townswomen
Meryl met a lovely lady called Jean who later sent her mother’s copy of Woman’s Own Complete Cookery in its original packaging dated 23 Sept 1935. Meryl will certainly treasure this. 
3 Feb Wombwell Probus
Meryl had a warm welcome to this large group who sat in a circle to hear all about Grandma and her baking. They loved the Seed Cake and all the other cakes – not a crumb left! And baking fan Barrie sent me a recipe for Yorkshire Brack which I can’t wait to try! 

January 15
21 Jan Owston Ferry & Haxey WI
Meryl braved the icy weather to talk to the group in Owston Ferry and share Grandma’s story and cakes. She judged the competition but found it very hard to pick out the best plates – they were all beautiful!

8 Jan Blyth WI
Meryl was very privileged to meet the cousin of the late Dorothy Clay who had been in service at Hodsock Priory. Dorothy had been a member of the WI branch at Blyth and had told her story about her life in service. 
7 Jan Bessacarr Ladies Luncheon Club
Meryl was invited to lunch with the Ladies at their favourite restaurant before telling them all about Grandma and her baking. They just managed to find room to sample Grandma’s cakes as well! 

2014
December/November 14
#Christmasgifts  Meryl supported a number of local charities from sales of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book over the Christmas period including Rotherham Cancer Care Reg Charity No: 1150857 and DonMentia Reg Charity No: 11152207  and national charities Cancer Care, BHF and British Red Cross. 

27 Nov Chat Room Sprotbrough 
Chris writes : Just to say thank you for coming with your talk and bringing all those cakes etc.  It was a really good afternoon and it was clear it was enjoyed by all; in fact they kept coming up to the hatch while we were washing up and saying how much they had enjoyed the afternoon.  

26 Nov Norton WI
Meryl enjoyed a buffet supper with the group after her talk about Grandma’s baking and received this lovely thank you card.  

13 Nov Rawmarsh WI 
It was a real trip down memory lane at this morning group when a member of the audience came and said they remembered me as a little girl wearing a bonnet and scarf! Someone also said they lived near Oakleigh where Grandma was in service. It's still there so I’ll have to pay a visit!
12 Nov Chapeltown WI
Meryl heard some interesting anecdotes about times in service from members of this group. It was a hard life for many getting up at 4.30 to light the fires for the ranges.

11 Nov Floral Media Caunton Newark
How to make festive gifts from Grandma Abson’s Traditional baking book. Meryl had an amazing morning making homemade gifts at this brilliant venue near Newark, Nottinghamshire. It was fantastic to have a sous-chef too – many thanks to Stephen and also to Paula for making me so welcome. We stopped to remember the fallen at 11.00 a.m.
10 Nov St Thomas Worsborough
Grandma’s baking is going far and wide. Meryl wrote messages for members buying copies of Grandma’s book for recipients in San Francisco and Melbourne!

3 Nov Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
Meryl had a great time with the Year 6 class. Kate wrote : ‘I just wanted to say another big thank you for coming in and working with our Y6 children. They had a fantastic afternoon and really enjoyed it.’

October 14
26 Oct Halloween at Cusworth Hall
There was something for everyone with ghostly stories and some spooky recipes from Grandma Abson’s baking.

 24 Oct Off the Shelf
Stocksbridge Library Sheffield
Meryl talked to a very inquisitive audience about The History of Afternoon Tea. They then tucked into a cornucopia of homemade baking. This was a very well attended event and part of Sheffield’s ‘Off the Shelf’ Festival of Words and we had cake too! See the Review!

 21 Oct Doncaster Mature Action Gp
Meryl enjoyed meeting the MAGs. The Dutch Apple Cake from Grandma’s book proved a winner to celebrate Apple Day.

13 Oct SY Centre Inclusive Living 
Meryl enjoyed a return visit to SYCIL, this time to talk about Afternoon Tea. The group are well practised at this as they have Afternoon Tea every time they meet. Baking fanatic Harry made a yummy Victoria Sandwich cake too.

3 Oct Montague Primary School
Meryl had a great time doing a literacy and numeracy session all about what she has to do when she sells Grandma’s baking books and her job as a presenter and writer about Grandma’s baking. The children made her feel very welcome.

August 14
26 Aug St Aidan’s Church, Wheatley 
 Meryl enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon with the Senior Cits talking about Grandma’s baking and sharing her cakes. They’ve asked her back again next year already!

12 Aug Barnsley Rotary Dodworth 
This was Meryl’s second  visit to the group, this time Meryl talking about The History of Afternoon Tea and Grandma Abson’s recipes. There were lots of questions so it proved to be a very interesting topic for the members. Grandma’s Dream Cake prize was a great hit!

July 14
29 Jul The Scott Practice Doncaster
Grandma’s Healthy Traditional Baking  Meryl had a very enjoyable afternoon talking to the Scott Practice’s Patients Participation Group at St John’s Church, Balby. There was afternoon tea and a lot of healthy eating chat as well as a very healthy Orange Cake.

17 Jul Brinsworth TW
Grandma's homemade cakes went down a treat on a lovely summer’s afternoon with this jolly group of ladies.

16 Jul Laxton Heritage 
Meryl thoroughly enjoyed talking to this group - they really are a proactive group with lots going on in this famous village in Notts. They loved the cakes especially Seed Cake and bought lots of Grandma’s books for their Bake off later in the year.

3 July Bramley Townswomen
Meryl met a lot of baking experts at this morning TW group. She had a great time and sold loads of Grandma’s baking books! It must have been the Orange Cake which tempted everyone to get baking! It was a special Tour de France cake for the occasion. 

June 14
11 Jun Cantley Methodist Church
Meryl had a warm welcome to the group in Cantley with a special technical expert to project the presentation onto the huge screen. Grandma’s cakes in huge glorious technicolour! And the cakes went down well too! 

6 Jun Vintage Afternoon tea
Meryl was Guest Speaker with her talk on The History of Afternoon Tea in aid of Rotherham Cancer Care Centre at the Wharncliffe Restaurant. Students on Hospitality and Catering courses from Rotherham College of Arts & Technology baked and served Grandma's afternoon teatime treats to perfection! 
May 14
31 May Craft Event
Meryl was delighted to support the DonMentia event at The Point, South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DR It was cakes galore on the cake stand!  DonMentia fundraises for Doncaster people affected by dementia.

28 May Age Well Group Wombwell
Meryl had a lovely afternoon with the Age Wellers. They loved Grandma’s Orange cake and said I should have baked at least four more Orange cakes!

15 May Woodsetts Local History Group
Meryl talked about the history of Grandma’s baking to the members of the group who meet in the lovely church building at Woodsetts. She met a former work colleague there who gave Meryl’s talk 10/10! 

April 14
 29 Apr Bentley Methodist Church 
Glynis writes: Thank you Meryl for your interesting and informative talk this evening for the Bentley Methodist Church Women's Association Doncaster.

11 Apr Danum Lacemakers & Crafts , Doncaster
Meryl heard some great stories from this group about their own craft skills. They admired Grandma’s sewing handiwork too. Her tablecloth always gets admiring glances (as well as the baking!) 
9 Apr Breakaway Group, Doncaster
Meryl had a fun time with this group who explained they ‘breakaway’ to do their own things!  Fortunately eating cakes and baking were ‘things’ they love to do!
8 Apr Swinton Townswomen, Rotherham
Meryl talked to the group about the inspiration she had to create a book and ebook from her Grandma’s recipes and to bring her baking alive to a new generation! 

7 Apr Wickersley Methodist Group, Rotherham
Meryl had a fabulous welcome to this lovely group. They said that they thoroughly enjoyed the evening, especially Grandma’s homemade cakes.

2 April Wickersley Ladies, Rotherham
Meryl talked about baking to this popular group. As well as sampling Grandma’s baking, they had organised their own cake stall to raise funds for a local charity. It was a real #cakefest!

March 14
17 Mar Kairos Group Retford, Notts
Meryl spent a lovely afternoon with this group who enjoyed a special taste of the Mothering Sunday All in one Cake made from Grandma’s Victoria Sandwich recipe.

5 Mar Sprotbrough Wives, Doncaster
Meryl was on local territory with friends from the past who said they were inspired by Grandma’s story and especially her traditional homemade baking.

4 Mar Aston Ladies Circle
Meryl had a great time with this group, talking about Grandma’s life and her baking. The ladies certainly enjoyed the cakes and were keen to hear all about the legacy of baking. 

February 14
25 Feb Mexborough Local Historical Society
This was the first time Meryl had done a talk about Grandma and her baking in a pub: The Ferryboat Inn, Mexborough! The group were very knowledgeable about dates and local history but learnt a few new facts about traditional baking! The cakes (and ale) went down well too!

20 Feb Hoyland Springfield Ladies, Barnsley
Meryl had a very warm welcome to this lovely group. Penny said that they all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and found it most entertaining and informative, as well as enjoying Grandma’s homemade cakes. The ladies who bought Grandma’s book are all busy baking away.

15 Feb Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield
BBC Radio Sheffield’s Andy Kershaw bought Meryl’s Valentine's Day cake. He tweeted “ AndyKershaw @andyksheffield @pauletteish @BBCSheffield hi Meryl I shared it with everyone and they loved it thank you ! The group raised £750 for this fabulous cause. Congratulations!

11 Feb
Athersley Primary School, Barnsley
Meryl had a fantastic time with her youngest audience yet at Athersley Primary School, Barnsley. She was taking part in the’ Primary Futures Project’ to support how business people use their literacy and numeracy skills in their business lives. She felt very privileged to work with the Year 6 pupils. They've invited Meryl back to their school to bake with them in their baking club so watch this space! Read about it and see the photo in the Barnsley Chronicle
January 14
27 Jan After Eight Group Abbeydale, Sheffield
Meryl signed lots of copies of Grandma’s baking book for the group members in Totley. It was a dark and dismal evening but the welcome was warm and inviting.

25 Jan Bake off : Sheffield Cancer Mafia
Meryl had a lovely welcome at the Sheffield Cancer Mafia Bake Off. She made a special St Clement's Cake. The group raised over £200 for Yorkshire Cancer Research Well done to all involved.

20 Jan Aston-cum-Aughton  Local History 
Members of the group found much to ask about Grandma’s time ‘in service’,  her baking and life on the railway station. And of course, the cakes went down a real treat!

16 Jan Goldthorpe WI, Barnsley
Meryl really enjoyed going back to Goldthorpe very near to where she grew up. Some of the members remembered Grandma’s famous baking and loved reminiscing over the cakes and biscuits from Grandma’s repertoire. Meryl had to judge a competition of the most unusual baking implement!

15 Jan High Level WI Thorne Doncaster
Meryl needed an escort to find the amazing farmhouse venue for the group. But it was a brilliant turnout and she enjoyed talking to the group and sharing memories of Grandma’s baking. 

2013
December 13
14 Dec Rotherham Heritage Society
Grandma's Ginger Cake proved to be the hit of the morning - as well as Shortbread biscuits, Mince pies with home made mincemeat, Boxing Day Cake with dates and honey – enjoying trying out some of Grandma’s  favourite Christmas recipes....

2 Dec Victorian Evening Cannon Hall, Barnsley 
Meryl showed off her Grandma's skills baking traditional Christmas recipes for the guests at the Victorian Evening at Cannon Hall.  She was the Cook in charge baking shortbread, mince pies with home made mincemeat, peppermint creams  on the Yorkshire Range in the Hall's Kitchen. The guests ate the lot - hardly any crumbs left for the servants!

1 Dec Getting Ready for Christmas in the Country House Cusworth Hall, Doncaster 
Meryl was back in Great Kitchen in the 1890s, making some of the delights which would have been eaten by guests and children over the festive period in the late Victorian Country House. The Lavender shortbread was a real favourite!

November 13
30 Nov Samaritans 50th Anniversary charity
A signed copy of Grandma’s book was one of the prizes at the Samaritans 50th anniversary charity dinner at Club 39 in Doncaster to raise much needed funds. 

 28 Nov Aurora & Friends Christmas Shopping
Visitors saw how to make those special homemade gifts from Grandma's book and tasted her favourite Christmas recipes.

23 Nov Cook N Dine Christmas gifts 
Meryl was back again by popular demand showing customers how to make tasty Christmas traditional delights and homemade gifts from her Grandma’s collection of recipes : homemade cranberry chutney, mincemeat, shortbread and lots more for those special prezzies!

17 Nov Doncaster Tourist Information Centre
Meryl called in with a special Yorkshire Cake to congratulate the team at Visit Doncaster on their fantastic win at the White Yorkshire Awards - best TIC in Yorkshire! And Grandma's popular baking book is on sale there too!

4 Nov Wombwell Salvation Army group
Meryl enjoyed talking to the Wombwell Salvation Army Group about the inspiration she had to create a book and ebook from her Grandma’s recipes and to bring her baking alive to a new generation!  

October 13
28 Oct St Mary’s Worsborough
Meryl talked about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking with the group at St Mary’s. They all had tales to tell from their family members, great aunts, grandmas and great grandmas in service. 

26 Oct Rotherham Heritage Fair
Meryl signed copies of Grandma’s Traditional baking book at Rotherham’s popular Local History and Heritage fair, showcasing dozens of groups from across the borough at Rotherham Minster. Grandma's Yorkshire Parkin was very popular too!

15 Oct Spirit Barnsley
 Meryl's talk about her Grandma's baking and cakes and biscuits brought back lots of memories for the Spirit group at King Street Centre, Barnsley. The project is supported by South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust. It was #Chocolateweek so that was the excuse to eat all Grandma's Chocolate Cake (and Shrewsbury biscuits and Marmalade Spice Cake ....!) Well, you have to sample everything!

September 13
27 Sept MacMillan Cancer Support
Meryl joined in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at The Waterfront Restaurant, Doncaster College and had a wonderful sampling the cakes at this fantastic event.  

28 & 29 Sept The Great Shropshire Bake Off
A signed copy of Grandma’s book was one of the prizes at this event hosted by The Brompton Cookery School in support of the Shropshire RCC Carers Appeal.  http://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/carers/carers_appeal/bake 
Lovely message back to say they had raised £5000. Well done!
13 Sept Charity Ball Lancaster 
Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service Ltd www.ldhas.org.uk held a charity ball to raise funds for this worthy cause. A signed copy of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book was one of the prizes. Happy #baking to the winning ticket!

9 Sept Spirit Barnsley
After joining in their fitness exercises, Meryl talked to the Spirit group members at Birdwell Methodist Church, Barnsley. The project is supported by South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust. They loved hearing all about Grandma and eating up the baking samples! 

August 13
28 Aug Doncaster Carers group
Meryl's talk and cakes went down very well at the Doncaster Carers group Drop In session. The group had stories about their relatives 'in service' too. 

1 Aug  Yorkshire Day
Meryl dropped by Doncaster Tourist Information Centre with Yorkshire Parkin and Doncaster Royal Butterscotch Cake to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Visit Doncaster has been shortlisted for a top award at the White Rose Awards ceremony in November. We're looking forward to hearing the results! Congratulations and the best of luck! 
July 13
28 & 31 Jul Growing up in the Great House
  Cusworth Hall, Doncaster
Meryl spent two enjoyable days in The Great Kitchen at Cusworth Hall. The staff took visitors on a tour of the Hall to discover the life of children in the Hall from the family who owned the house to the stable boy who looked after the horses. In the kitchen it was all about what Charles and Barbara ate in Edwardian times and sampling what Meryl had been baking. But it was hard work and she was pleased to put her feet up! 
June 13
13 Jun Tickhill Countrywomen’s Group
Over 70 countrywomen came to hear Meryl's talk about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking and they ate all the cakes and one member told us about her own life in service in Bradford - wow!

8 Jun Sprotbrough Bake–Off
Meryl had a hard task judging biscuits and cakes at the Bake-Off in aid of Rafiki Children’s Home, Ghana. The winner baked an amazing chocolate cake!

6 Jun DRI Gynecological Support Group
Meryl enjoyed sharing her baking experiences with the Cancer Support group. They were definitely a boisterous lot who asked lots of questions. Fortunately she had the answers!

April 13
20 Apr At Home on the Range
 
Clifton Park Museum Rotherham
Meryl had a fantastic time baking shortbread on the restored Yorkshire Range alongside the Friends of Clifton Park Museum. It was a proper baking challenge! The shortbread biscuits soon disappeared with the visitors saying they were the best they had ever tasted! And I really got into it so made Grandma's Oat Ginger biscuits too!

10 Apr Crowle & Eland Mothers’ Club
Meryl enjoyed talking to the Crowle & Eland Mothers’ Club. She picked up a recipe for Chantilly Cake - no cream or lace! - and will be trying this out for a future blog post.

9 Apr Grenoside Ladies 
Following the successful talk at Sheffield Library last year, Meryl White was invited to Sheffield to talk about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking. She had a great response from the group.

5 Apr Cake and Bake Show Manchester
Meryl went to the Cake and Show in Manchester. She spotted some famous TV faces and amazing cake creations.  See Meryl’s Cake and Bake photos . She picked up a couple of bargain biscuit cutters. She met the famous Chris Blackburn, the Yorkshire Pudding King from Halifax and contestant on ITV's Food Glorious Food Show. She’s going to do a Blog post swop with Chris later in the year.  

March 13
15 Mar Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief 
Doncaster College
Meryl was in excellent company with Lisa Pyott – Chef Lecturer – Female Chef of the Year, Gold Medal Winner at Hotel Olympia and Jessica Mycroft – VRQ Level 2 Professional Cookery Student who excels in Patisserie. They had a difficult job judging the teams’entries as they baked one of Grandma’s traditional classics,  Victoria 
sponge.  Ready, get set, bake! Students at the College raised over £1300 for Comic Relief during the day and the winner is .... The Ace Team !

14 Mar Aurora Easter Fayre Mexborough
Shoppers sampled the tastes from times gone by and picked up a great personalised Easter gift! Meryl signed copies of her recipe book Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking. There was a lucky winner of Grandma’s prizewinning Simnel Cake.

14 Mar Women Inspiring Women Group 
Meryl talked to the group about the inspiration she had to create a book and ebook from her Grandma’s recipes and to bring her baking alive to a new generation! #downthegenerations 

9 Mar Comic Relief Bake Off  
Waterstones Doncaster
 Meryl was at Waterstones, Doncaster just before Mothering Sunday to sign copies of her brilliant book. The staff did their own Comic Relief bake off with recipes from Grandma's book, battling for the crown of Baking King/Queen.  The Butterfly buns won by a short head from the Orange Cake but the Shortbreads, Gingerbread Men were close behind. Around £70 went off to Comic Relief! 

5 Mar Armthorpe WI
Meryl had a great time talking about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking with members of Armthorpe WI.

February 13
Meryl had a fantastic time during the fabulous Snowdrop Village festival at Hodsock Priory, talking about traditional baking, just like Grandma’s, in the early 1900s, the Second World War, when Land Girls lived at Hodsock, and the recipes collected by the family. Hodsock has fantastic memories for Meryl as her daughter (Grandma Abson’s great granddaughter) held her wedding reception there on a blissfully hot sunny day in October 2011. 
Photo courtesy  © Chris Chambers Photography

28 Feb Chat Room Sprotbrough Methodists
Nostalgia in the air when Meryl went 'chatting' about her Grandma, her baking and sharing her recipes. Everyone loved the Marmalade Spice Cake recipe!

21 Feb Cusworth Hall Friends
Meryl was back at Cusworth Hall talking with the Friends about Grandma’s life in service and her collection of baking recipes. Comment from Sheila Bury artist Facebook  : Thank you for a very entertaining presentation at Cusworth Hall this evening, it was very enjoyable, and the cakes were scrumptious.

18 Feb Harlington & Barnburgh WI  
Meryl White loved talking about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking. Lots of nostalgia for  baking with over 60 WI members in Barnburgh, the village just 3 miles from where Grandma lived.The evening started with a hearty rendition of 'Jerusalem'. Awesome! Janet said  : I had so many positive comments – your talks really struck chords with us all! I’m looking forward to making Bridlington cake this weekend!’

17 Feb Backstairs and Bell Pulls The Hidden Life of Cusworth Hall’s Edwardian Servants
 Discovering what it was like to be ‘in service’ in  Cusworth Hall's golden age, Meryl dressed the part as the Cook Housekeeper 'Mrs Eliza Haddrill' with 'Ada' and 'Jessie' kitchen maids to talk about working in the Great Kitchen and make a Seed Cake. There are two Cast Iron Ranges just like the ones Grandma worked on as a Cook General at Oakleigh in nearby Wath on Dearne. Visitors enjoyed squares of small Lemon Sponge Cakes from Butlers Tea Room  at Cusworth Hall for a taste of afternoon tea from Edwardian times. 

14 Feb Haxey & Westwoodside Heritage Society
Meryl talked about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking. She’s shared her passion for baking on Valentine's Day with members of the Haxey and Westwoodside Heritage Society. who made a date with Grandma's Valentine's baking!  P.S. Many thanks to George (pictured) from the Camera Club with his help with the projector! 

11 Feb Afternoon tea South Yorkshire Inclusive Living 
Meryl had afternoon tea with the Inclusive Living Group and talking about Grandma's baking. Comment from Debbie : ‘Many thanks Meryl for such a lovely presentation you gave us. Everyone was very enthused with it - in fact “I think I will bake this weekend”.

Feb The Great Kitchen, The Mansion House, Doncaster
Final year undergraduate Media students from the University of Huddersfield were filming in The Great Kitchen in The Mansion House Doncaster. Meryl was demonstrating how to make some simple to make easy recipes from her Grandma’s collection including Grandma’s mouth watering pastry –for a delicious Apple pie, scrumptious Scones, yummy Marmalade Spice Cake and a traditional Victoria Sandwich Cake. The filming is part of the students’ final year project.
January 13
10 Jan Dinnington Townswomen
Meryl  talked about Grandma’s long life and shared her passion for baking with members of Dinnington’s  Townswomen group. A really jolly group who loved the Marmalade Spice Cake and Fruit and Honey bars from Grandma’s book and ebooks. 
Comment from Stef : Many thanks for a great evening last night, We all thoroughly enjoyed it!

2012 
December 2012
Book signings
Meryl signed copies of  Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking at
20 Dec at Waterstones Derby 
8 Dec at Waterstones York

1 Dec 12 Cook 'N' Dine  Lakeside Village 
Grandma Abson's Traditional Christmas Baking 
Meryl demonstrated how to make tasty Christmas traditional delights  from her Grandma’s collection of recipes and get ahead with Festive Baking! 
November 2012
 29 Nov Aurora Christmas Fayre
Meryl White signed copies of her recipe book Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking. There were samples of tastes from times gone by and a chance of a wonderful Christmas gift!

23 Nov Waterstones Bradford Wool Exchange
Author Meryl White was at Waterstones Bradford wool Exchange signing copies of her cookbook Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking, a great book that is simple and easy to follow and has some tasty family recipes.
Meryl enjoyed signing book Grandma's sisters were 'in service’ in Manchester. Meryl  remembered Emma's fabulous Rock Buns and Ivy's delicious Coconut macaroons and lots of other tempting delights for Christmas from Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book.

16 Nov Waterstones Leeds
Meryl White signed copies of her recipe book Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking - with some tasty Autumn treats from Grandma’s recipe collection.
Raised £45.00 for Children in Need from Waterstones Leeds lovely customers!

3 Nov Waterstones Doncaster
Celebrate Bonfire Night with Meryl White, who will be signing copies of her mouth watering recipe book Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking. Keep your eyes peeled for the tasty samples on offer!

October 2012
27 Oct Waterstones Derby
Celebrate Halloween with Meryl White, who will be signing copies of her recipe book Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking. Sample some tastes from times gone by and pick up a great personalised gift! Watch out for scary treats to tempt you!

22 Oct Gawber Ladies Community Centre, Barnsley 
Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking talk and taste about Grandma's life and baking by Meryl White. 

20 Oct Rotherham Local Heritage Fair
Showcasing dozens of groups from across the borough in Rotherham MinsterMeryl White, author of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking  signed copies of her book on the Friends of Clifton Park Museum  stand.

Meryl talked to the Friends of Clifton Park Museum about her Grandma's life and her homemade delights from her recipes.

1 Oct Gleadless URC Ladies Circle Sheffield
Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking talk by Meryl White.

August 2012
24 Aug Waterstones York
Meryl White signed copies of her recipe book Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking as well as offering samples of her delicious cakes and biscuits.

June 2012
4 Jun Picnic in the Park at The Canch, Worksop
Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a Picnic in the park with entertainment, games, balloon race and stalls and refreshments and lots more. Here's a winner of Grandma's baking competition too! Proceeds to fundraising charity Aurora Cancer

2 Jun  Royal Doncaster Butterscotch Jubilee
Tourist Information Centre
Royal Doncaster Butterscotch Jubilee Celebration Cakes based on “®Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking” recipes served by Doncaster College Catering students to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Event kindly supported by : Sainsburys & Taylors of Harrogate.  Donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust A charity devoted to improving the lives of Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer.

May 2012
23 May Success Doncaster Business Showcase 
Meryl White will be offering samples of cakes, teabreads, biscuits and scones from her Grandma’s collection of traditional recipes and talking about her book. Signed copies of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking Book on sale.

19 May Furlong Road Methodist Church
Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book was on sale at the Celebration Weekend to support the refurbishment of the Community Hall.

7 May Bank Holiday Monday CookNDine Lakeside Village
Meryl White will be demonstrating how to make tasty treats from her Grandma’s collection of recipes.

4 May Townswomen supporting MS Society Cake Break
Meryl White will be talking about Grandma’s life and her traditional baking. She’ll be sharing her passion for baking with the Townswomen group in Doncaster. 
Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book on sale in support of the MS Society.

1 May  Sheffield Central Lending Library       
Author Meryl White will be talking about her remarkable grandmother and sharing from the book she inspired her to write   “Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking”
Email: centrallending.library@sheffield.gov.uk  This event is free. 

March 12
17 Mar Doncaster Deaf Trust  Craft Fair 
 Meet author, Meryl White. Taste some of Grandma’s recipes and have a chat about baking!  Signed copies of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking on sale.

February 12  
Snowdrops at Hodsock    
Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book was on sale in the luxurious Tearoom at Hodsock Priory during the snowdrop season. A magical place to visit and enjoy the first snowdrops heralding the start of spring. 

17 Feb  Butterscotch Cake Tasting DTIC
There was sampling and scoring Butterscotch recipes based on Grandma Abson’s baking to pick a winner for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Doncaster ! Difficult decision making! 
2011
December/November 2011
Meryl was busy signing copies of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking at Waterstones stores in Doncaster, Harrogate, Leeds, Meadowhall and Sheffield.  Everyone enjoyed tasting the cakes and buying a perfect Christmas gift!

19 Nov Stir Up Sunday at Cusworth Hall
Meryl was cook in charge in The Great Kitchen. There were lots of visitors eager to learn how to make Plum Pudding just like Grandma, following her sister’s Emma’s foolproof recipe!

16 Nov Hands on in Chiswick 
A baking party for Chiswick Boot Camp members with a all hands-on demonstration of  Grandma’s tastiest baking.  Sarah Allen Cruz  wrote : I came and tasted a gorgeous (not overly sweet) cake and have been reading the book and showing it to friends ever since. It’s a goldmine of fantastic recipes. You won't get this from any TV chefs and it’s a breath of fresh air. Thank you Meryl.

25 Sept  Barnsley Rotary
Meryl talked about Grandma's life and baking but more importantly here's the winner of Grandma’s Paradise Cake! 

15 Sept  Rotherham Cancer Care Centre
Meryl  talked about her Grandma’s time as a cook-housekeeper in Edwardian times and long life baking for family and friends, with traditional, simple and tasty recipes. Proceeds in aid of Rotherham Cancer Care Trust

11 Sept Afternoon tea
The Hens  enjoy the perfect Victoria Sponge Cake with Grandma’s prizewinning recipe for a perfect hen party! 

6 Sept Furlong Road Ladies Group
Meryl talked about her Grandma's life and her homemade delights to Grandma’s old friends at Furlong Road Methodist Church, Bolton on Dearne. They remembered her sumptuous cakes and apple pies – so the pressure was on to make the tastiest treats! 


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